Diagnosing Polynomials- A Factoring Activity

Esther Brunat
Grade Levels
8th - 12th
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A note to the teacher

This resource is best used after teaching students how to factor polynomials. Factoring methods include: a=1, a>1, GCF, a is negative, difference of 2 squares, grouping 4 terms, and sum and difference of cubes.

Students are assigned letter and go around the room and find the polynomials with those letters. They will play doctor and diagnose the polynomial with the appropriate treatment (aka method of factoring).

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      • step by step directions
      • examples to do together as a class

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      • all slides
      • prescription pads
      • companion worksheet
      • ‘welcome to polynomial hospital’ letters for extra classroom ambiance

This activity comes in two levels:

Level one: includes a guided prescription pad and a problem set that does not include factoring with 4 terms and the sum and difference of cubes

Level 2: includes a non-guided prescription pad and a problem set that DOES include factoring with 4 terms and the sum and difference of cubes

NOTE: The presentation file was originally made in KEYNOTE, if opened in Powerpoint items will shift and fonts will not transfer if they are not on your laptop.

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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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